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three for the must-reads. robert train um, doug hataway, and erin. what is your must read? >> there has been a lot of missed opportunities at the state-wide level for republicans to take back the senate. christine o'donnell in delaware and so forth. an interesting story in today's "the new york times," a group of wealthy individuals, saying never again. we'll influence the process, and although we won't influence it from a literal sense, we'll steer money to people that actually can win. u.s. a wise mo it's a wise move. >> what's your read? >> ron brown, an article in "the national journal." an insightful and indepth look at the new normal. winning coalition in national politics, which says that you have to get the votes of african-americans and latinos and young people and liberal whites and conservative white men, not as important as they used to be. a new formula for winning and an interesting article about that. >> a good one, i'll pick it up as well. >> erin, yours? >> this is a story about how personal life which often gets a lot of scrutiny, has an impact on policy, and that's --
contributor. and erin is a staff writer for salon.com. i welcome all three of you. thanks for being here. >> happy sunday. >> robert, i'll begin with you. let's take a listen to majority leader eric cantor on nbc's "meet the press." here it is. >> every time you turn around, the answer it to raise taxes. he just got his tax hike on the wealthy, and you can't in this town every three months raise taxes. again, every time, that's his response. we've got a spending problem. everybody knows it. >> robert, president obama is not just calling for tax hikes. he said this weekend, he wants spending cuts, entitlement changes, tax reforms. so why all the rhetoric from the gop when the stakes are this high? >> look, this needs to be a comprehensive conversation, not just about tax cuts and revenue, but also about smart government. both sides are in their corners, and they're both obviously speaking to their choirs or speaking to their base. the question becomes, what are we going to do? since we have this conversation, it seems like, every three months, about sequestration, about the fiscal cliff a
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